Laudatory speech by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz / Broadcast live at https://go2.as/award
As physicians, scientists and entrepreneurs, what they have achieved is groundbreaking. Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin dedicate their lives and work to helping people. On March 18, 2021, they will be honored with the Axel Springer Award for their entrepreneurial spirit, innovativeness and sense of social responsibility. The BioNTech founders will accept the award in the new Axel Springer building. The ceremony will be broadcast live from 7pm CET at https://go2.as/award, as well as bild.de, welt.de and businessinsider.de.
The evening will center stage the scientific and entrepreneurial work of Özlem Türeci and Uğur Şahin, which culminated in December 2020 with the approval of the first vaccine against Covid-19. Part of the evening’s program will be an interview of the laureates with Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer, about what drives and inspires them, how they think the Covid pandemic will further develop and impact our lives, and what makes their research so exceptional. The laudatory speech for the award winners will be given by the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. The Axel Springer Award will take place in compliance with all hygiene and security measures exclusively in the circle of those directly involved and will be broadcast to a virtual audience.
Photo and video material of the evening will be available after the event at www.axelspringer.com.
About the Axel Springer Award
The Axel Springer Award honors outstanding personalities who are innovative in an extraordinary way, who create and change markets and who shape culture while at the same time shouldering their social responsibility. The award recognizes accomplishments so far and encourages further steps. At the same time, the award winners should be role models for others to bring their own ideas to fruition. The previous winners of the Axel Springer Award were Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook; Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web; Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post”, economist and author Shoshana Zuboff, as well as Elon Musk, founder and CEO of, amongst others, Tesla and Space X.
The format of the award ceremony is always tailored to the individual honoree. The Axel Springer Award is a prestige award without prize money.
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